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review 2018-08-27 18:00
BLOG TOUR REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: 'A Room Away From The Wolves' by Nova Ren Suma
A Room Away From The Wolves - Nova Ren Suma

 

It may not have been wolves that compelled me to get on this blog tour, but after a book-blogger friend raved about the book, and another said they’d buy anything that Nova Ren Suma writes, I definitely wanted to read ‘A Room Away From The Wolves’. I won’t lie - that beautiful skyline on the cover was a big draw too. When I read that this book is a story about a young girl who runs away from her home because she just can’t take the abuse there anymore, and it turns out to be a novel that is ghostly, as well as layered with human connections, it called to me. 

So dig into my breakdown of this beautiful book and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win a copy! 

 

*Thanks again to The Fantastic Flying Book Club again for having me on the tour! 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, NOVA REN SUMA

 

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels THE WALLS AROUND US as well as the YA novels IMAGINARY GIRLS and 17 & GONE, which were both named 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. Her middle-grade novel, DANI NOIR, was reissued for a YA audience under the title FADE OUT.

She has a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Millay Colony, and an NEA fellowship for a residency at the Hambidge Center.

She worked for years behind the scenes in publishing, at places such as HarperCollins, Penguin, Marvel Comics, and RAW Books, and now she teaches writing workshops. She is from various small towns across the Hudson Valley and lives and writes in New York City.

 

Find Nova online at novaren.com and on her blog distraction99.com.

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

'A Room Away From the Wolves' by Nova Ren Suma

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Release Date: September 4, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Mystery

 

SYNOPSIS:

Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—

a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.

Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets.

There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave...

 

MY REVIEW!

This wonderful story has one step inside reality, and the other is deep inside somewhere quite otherworldly, which is also somewhere that Nova Ren Suma’s writing sits. Her writing is what gives this simple tale of a young girl ‘Bina’, who runs away from home to a boarding house in New York City, so much character, originality, and mystery.

Bina and her mother fled their home once before, last time to escape her cruel father. They never made it beyond the home Bina has to share now with a stepfather and two stepsisters that eventually has become a new hell she’s decided she must escape on her own. Bruised inside and out, she feels betrayed and let down by her mom, and sees no other way.


Eight years after her and mother once ran from her father, she heads for Catherine House, the place she heard so many stories about from her mom, and asks for the very room that she stayed in.
From the moment Bina arrives in Greenwich Village, something is strange, and somehow connected to the opal ring her mother gave her, and to the original owner of the house, Catherine herself.


I don’t want to go into too much explanation of the story because there would be too much given away. I’ll lead this by saying that if you like your stories served up on a platter, without beautiful prose laden with wonderful imagery, this may not be the book for you. Suma writes with so much mesmerizing imagery wrapped in every sentence, that you’ll miss half of the tale she’s written for you if you don’t dig a little deeper.


This is a modern ghost story as well as a heart-breaking tale about the connection between mother and daughter, and how families make mistakes and let each other down. This part of the book is the guts of why Bina ends up Catherine House, and made me long for my own mom who is thousands of miles away.


Bina feels betrayed by her mom and looks to her mother’s past for answers, but there’s so much that’s tragic about this; reading the book it felt like Bina carries such a weight for a young girl, but doesn’t truly complain. It’s especially tragic because her father has already let her down, and she’s now being bullied by her stepsisters.


The other characters in the novel bring out all sorts of thoughts and memories for her: Monet is the girl in the room below, and is a fascinating character and one who Bina is drawn to, without explanation. She makes Bina question everything and gives her clues as to what is really happening.


There are twists and portals and thrills in this novel that make it a page-turner, and it’s as beautiful as it is heart-wrenching. There’s some spookiness that might make you feel like you’re not alone when you’re reading this (maybe you’re not).

 

*Bonus points: cats involved!

*Trigger warning: suicidal ideation

 

 

 

WIN THE BOOK!

You have a chance to win a copy of the book by entering a GIVEAWAY! You just have to click RIGHT HERE TO ENTER! Good luck!

 

Prize: 1 copy of A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES by Nova Ren Suma

  • US Only

  • Starts: 8/20

    Ends: 9/5

 

And finally here are the links to BUY THE BOOK:

Buy on Amazon

Order from Barnes & Noble

Order from Book Depository

Buy from Kobo

Buy from Indiebound

Get it on iBooks

 

And to follow along with the rest of the blog tour, here is the BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE!

 

Thank you for checking out everything that there is to know about this beautiful book! It’s out so soon now, so make sure it’s on your TBR, and get it ordered. It’s unlike anything else you’ll read any time soon.

Happy reading, friends!

~ K

 

PS. To easily start following my blog, just click on the BLOGLOVIN’ (assuming you have that!) to the left...

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/18046369-a-room-away-from-the-wolves?ac=1&from_search=true
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review 2018-05-21 02:02
NOVA by MARGARET FORTUNE
Nova - Margaret Fortune
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This book was mostly a young adult romance with a saboteur thrown in. It ended okay, maybe a little cliffhanger-ish. I'm not sure if the author is planning on writing more books regarding these characters. 3 stars

 

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review 2018-02-15 00:00
Terra Nova
Terra Nova - Shane Arbuthnott Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.

On the surface, Terra Nova is a beautifully written follow-up to Dominion, the first book in the Molly Stout Adventures. It takes us back to the world of Terra Nova and plunges us into Molly’s life shortly after the events of Dominion. It’s fast-paced, filled with action, and a sheer pleasure to read. Terra Nova is a world where instead of building on the back of human slaves, denoted as less worthy by skin color or some other chosen arbitrary measurement, we harnessed the power of some more beings more obviously ‘other’. It gives us a steampunk world only a few steps removed from our own.


I zoomed through Terra Nova, reading it in a couple hours. From the very first page, Arbuthnott had me entranced and right back in the thick of it beside Molly. My stomach was churning, my emotions were roiling, and I was completely absorbed in this book. He is a fantastic writer, and I thoroughly enjoyed his story-telling abilities and the fictional aspects of his work.


But I want to talk about the other part of it, as well.


Terra Nova is a call for young people to realize their worth, their power. To understand that they have a voice, and if they use that voice, they can get things accomplished. It is a call to arms for a younger generation to lead others down the right path, to do what everyone else seems afraid to do. To not be a sheep.




"I wish we could just go flying together instead of always skulking around, Molly thought. But if that's what I want, I guess we have to make a world where that can happen."



But it's about more than that as well. It's about growing up. About realizing that while you need to own your mistakes or consequences, you need to recognize that some are not yours to make or take on.


It's a solid story, with great writing. Terra Nova makes me simultaneously want to stand up and applaud, whilst also making me squirm uncomfortably. Because this also spoke to me as an adult. Terra Nova reminded me that it is my job to guide my child, but it is not - nor will it ever be - my job to rule my child. If at some point in the future, she gets set on doing something she believes is the right thing, my job will be to keep her as safe as possible while she does it, not to stop her from doing it.


Sometimes a book comes along that rocks you back on your heels, smacks the self-pity, the selfishness, and ignorance out of you, and makes you ashamed of your own timidity. And sometimes that book happens to be a kids’ book.


Read Dominion, and then read Terra Nova. Read them for you. Read them for your kids. Read them to your kids. Let your kids read them and ask you questions. I don’t care how you do it, I’m just asking you to do it.

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review 2018-02-08 00:00
Terra Nova (The Terra Nova Chronicles Book 1)
Terra Nova (The Terra Nova Chronicles Bo... Terra Nova (The Terra Nova Chronicles Book 1) - Richard Fox Terra Nova was a mixed bag of a read for me. I don't know if it's how the writing ws split between the two authors or what. While I was super interested in the first 30 percent or so, and thought I was in for a treat, by the time I had hit 50 percent, I had completely lost interest in what I was reading. I pushed on for a bit after that, and luckily it picked back up, but I never quite regained my former interest in it.

I liked the setup for Terra Nova. I think that the authors did a great job of giving us an interesting crew. There was some instant drama with the inclusion of a lead Pathfinder at the last moment who was not someone the captain would have chosen.

The idea of going to a colony that's supposed to be thriving is not a new one, but the creepiness factor cannot be denied. When the Pathfinders first landed at the colony, I was very intrigued and eagerly reading to find out what was going on. Even the 'aliens' were interesting and I couldn't wait to see where they were going with it. However, shortly after this, with the plans that are made and trips that are taken, everything started to fall apart.

I think the point where I really lost interest in Terra Nova was the introduction of the human slave/leader that had a connection to someone aboard the newly arrived ship. When that particular piece of drama started up, I just sighed. There are really no new ideas anymore, but there are some that just need to be left alone for a while. That particular occurence was one of them.

The dialogue and pacing for Terra Nova were fine. The authors are good for giving you a grounded, well-described setting. The attacks were fun to read. I loved the idea of the "Doughboys".

Overall, Terra Nova wasn't really a bad book, but the middle was a slog to get through. If you can tough that out, the other parts are worth it.
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